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JAMAICA | Murders down in St. James despite islandwide increase

Featured JAMAICA | Murders down in St. James despite islandwide increase
Jamaica’s latest crime figures show that 204 people were killed during the period January 1 to February 17. This is up from 175 during the corresponding period last year, a 17 per cent increase.

In St. James where the high rate of murders resulted in a State of Emergency being imposed in that parish, gun crimes seems to be trending down.

Thirteen murders were committed in St James, which has been under a State of Emergency since mid-January.

The incresed security presence, involving the police and the military, seems to have yielded positive results, reflecting a drop in the number of murders in that western parish.

The St Catherine North Division, which comprises areas such as Spanish Town, recorded 30 murders, followed by Clarendon with 27, Westmoreland 20, St Andrew South 21, and St Catherine South 13.

The statistics also show that cops have seized 129 illegal guns and 1534 rounds of  ammunition since January.

Other major crimes, such as robbery, rape, aggravated assault and break-ins have recorded declines.

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